Elite Iranian soldiers killed in attack on military parade

Casualties feared as militants attack Iran army parade

"There are several killed and injured", a correspondent told state television, which later reported that 20 people were wounded.

Earlier reports on Saturday described the assailants as Takfiri, a term previously used to describe Islamic State. The semi-official Fars news agency, which is close to the Guard, said two gunmen on a motorcycle wearing khaki uniforms carried out the attack. According to the semiofficial ISNA news agency, nine of those killed were members of the military.

Iran's Tasnim news agency, citing a local official, reported that at least 10 people had been killed, including a journalist.

Iran's Armed Forces staged the countrywide military parades to mark the Sacred Defense Week on the 38th anniversary of the onset of the Iraqi imposed war on the Islamic Republic back in 1980.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

In footage shown on Iranian television, paramedics could be seen helping a person in military uniform lying on the ground at Ahvaz's Quds, or Jerusalem, Boulevard.

Iran also suffered major attacks by IS extremists on June 7, 2017, when militants assaulted the parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in the capital, Tehran. Iran has been deeply involved in the fight against IS in Iraq and has aided embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad in his country's long war.

Ahvaz, in southwestern Khuzestan province, is home to the small Arab minority in Iran, which is mainly ethnic Persian.

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